Reviews

  • Readers of Clare's game-changing memoir . . . will be struck by the fact that a mind so recently dominated by straight-to-DVD fantasies is now capable of reflecting on them with so much gentle wisdom and acute self-awareness. And in such beautiful, witty prose

    Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph
  • What a gift...having such an articulate agent, reporting back from the far edges of the mind

    Megan Agnew, Sunday Times
  • Clare brilliantly describes his mania . . . The picture he paints is often grim, but there is hope too . . . Gradually, shakily, and with the help of a therapist, Clare rebuilds

    Juanita Colson, Lady
  • A shattering journey . . . remarkable

    Sheena Joughin, Times Literary Supplement
  • Clare brilliantly describes his mania... But he has a wider purpose here. Following his discharge from hospital Clare sets out to explore alternatives to the lifetime of terrifyingly strong medication he has been prescribed

    Stephanie Cross, Lady
  • Unforgettable

    Rory Sullivan, i
  • Hard-hitting but tender-hearted . . . Clare thoughtfully and determinedly seeks to challenge the status-quo on treatment for mental health conditions

    Hannah Millington, Independent
  • Clare is a ferociously gifted writer . . . Just as George Orwell's time in destitution exposed poverty when he was Down and Out in London and Paris so too does Horatio Clare's bravely brilliant and brilliantly brave book expose the failings of the mental health system, even as it intimates hope. In this it reminds one of a very different book, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which not only showed the problem of pesticides but acted as a clarion call . . . Hopefully the shining of a Heavy Light might do the same

    Jon Gower, Nation Cymru
  • Compelling, beautifully-written and utterly devastating. A balm in itself

    Katie Law, Evening Standard
  • A remarkable tribute both to the depths of human compassion and Clare's extraordinary gifts as an author, witness and guide

    Dan Richards, Geographical

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